By Emme Hall.
When I think back to my high school prom, I remember my date picked me up in a Hyundai. I was mildly embarrassed but he was mildly cute so I let it slide. My, my how times have changed. Today Hyundai offers some of the best looking cars available and at a price much lower than their competitors. But does Hyundai have what it takes to beat the Germans at their own game? Today we’ll look at the 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 and the 2013 Audi A6 3.0T Premium Quattro and see how the stack up against one another.
The Genesis features a 3.8L V6 good for 333 horsepower and 291 lb/ft of torque. You’ll get to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Power goes to the rear wheels via an 8 speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel ratings are 18 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.
It is in the offering of standard features that Hyundai stands out. The Genesis includes 17” alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, 7 speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio, Bluetooth, iPod integration, power accessories, foglamps, and LED running lights.
Add the Premium package for 18” wheels, navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen, sunroof, rearview camera, a 14 speaker sound system, folding outside mirrors, automatic wipers, leather trim, driver’s seat memory, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The Technology package adds heated rear seats, cooled driver’s seat, a 17 speaker sound system, lane departure warning system, adaptive xenon headlamps, adaptive cruise control, an 8” touchscreen, and enhanced navigation and Bluetooth systems.
The Hyundai Genesis is a luxury car first, a sport sedan second. As such the ride is soft, yet never floaty. It can stay planted through twisties or defensive city driving fairly well and steering is precise, although offers minimal feedback. Acceleration is smooth and engine a road noise rarely intrude on the quiet cabin.
The Audi A6 3.0T comes to us with a supercharged 3.0L V6, knocking out 310 horsepower and 325 lb/ft of torque. Power gets to all four wheels via an 8 speed automatic transmission. 60 mph comes in 5.2 seconds and the EPA estimates fuel consumption at 18 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.
Standard features on the A6 3.0T Premium include 18” wheels, Audi Drive Select, a sunroof, power accessories, 8 way power adjustable front seats, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, a 10 speaker sound system with CD player, heated front seats, LED running lights, rearview camera, keyless entry/ignition, navigation, an in-care wireless hotspot, and a start/stop system.
As with any German car there are many stand-alone options and packages. The Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats, the Sport package comes with a sport tuned suspension and steering wheel and some tire and wheel choices. The Innovation package adds adaptive cruise control, heads up display, blind-spot warning system, active lane assist, and a top view camera.
Behind the wheel the Audi A6 feels light and nimble for a full sized sedan. The AWD Quattro system gives you plenty of confidence on the back roads and in inclement weather. Even without the optional sport tuned suspension the car still feels balanced and ready to take on whatever the city can throw in its path, albeit with a ride slightly on the stiff side. The supercharged engine has a quick off the line response and when pushed in Sport mode, the automatic transmission shifts smoothly under full acceleration. It will even rev-match on your downshifts, keeping things as refined as possible.
The 2013 Genesis 3.8 starts at $34,200 and the 2013 Audi A6 3.0T Premium Quattro is just a bit more, starting at $50,400. That’s right, over $16,000 difference in starting price. Even when you factor in the price for the Premium ($4800) and Technology ($4300) packages on the Hyundai, you’re still looking at a price of $43,300. And I haven’t even added on the price for the Audi optional packages.
Some would argue then that these two aren’t in the class, but they are matched in both power, fuel efficiency, and features. It’s hard to say no to the Genesis. Sure you don’t get the pedigree of driving a German sedan, but I can think of plenty of places I’d rather spend the price difference of $7100. Road trip anyone?